France Considers Ban of Burqa

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France could soon become the first European country to ban Muslim women from wearing the burqa. The burqa clothing is the full-body Islamic covering used in nations like Afghanistan.

Shannon Demos of the American Center for Law and Justice appeared on CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss the significance of the burqa.

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The French parliament is considering making it illegal for women to cover their faces in public spaces, like hospitals and trains. Some say it is a security threat because it has been used by suicide bombers before.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy supports the ban.

"The burqa is not a religious symbol, it's a sign of enslavement," Sarkozy said. "We cannot accept in our country women imprisoned behind a net."

*Originally aired March 22, 2010.

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